Started by Pignatelli, PIER59 STUDIOS is a unique real estate development project that encompasses an entire pier in the fashionable Chelsea district of Manhattan.
Pignatelli plays integral roles at PIER59 STUDIOS, commonly referred to as “The Hollywood of Photography.” Pignatelli also is the founder-owner and president of ART AND FASHION GROUP (AFG). Under Pignatelli’s direction, Pier59 Studios and AFG tend to the diverse needs of the advertising and fashion industries from New York to Los Angeles. Beyond talent representation and production services, Pignatelli’s AFG houses a media group comprising The Industry MGMT Group and Amazon Film Production.
Prince Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa was born in Rome, Italy, in 1965. He hails from a family of ancient Italian nobles with roots dating back to 900 AD and directly ties to Pope Innocenzo XII. Pignatelli began his career in his home country of Italy. Before segueing into prominent careers in international finance in Switzerland and London, he worked in Italy as a real estate developer and a leading financial journalist in monetary policy.
After working as a Managing Director for several major investment banking and brokerage firms, including E.F. Hutton, Ladenburg & Thalmann, and Gruntal Co., Mr. Pignatelli founded his investment banking firm – EuroCapital Partners. After several successful and rewarding years in the investment banking business, Pignatelli decided to follow his enduring passion for photography. This led him to the creation of PIER59 STUDIOS.
PIER59 STUDIOS is a unique real estate development project started by Mr. Pignatelli in 1994. The studio space encompasses an entire pier in the fashionable Chelsea district of Manhattan. The studios feature substantial open spaces, cathedral ceilings, and the best natural light the city has to offer. It comprises eleven unique column-free studios and the largest sound stage in Manhattan. Space totals 110,000 square feet – the length of three city blocks. PIER59 STUDIOS is the paramount location for photographic and video productions and a center of international creativity.
Pignatelli has always been a passionate admirer and collector of photography. Many of his photographs have been published as a photographer – including those appearing within his book, “THE GREAT BEAUTY.” However, his creative passion stems far beyond the photographic realm. Pignatelli is, at heart, also a designer and architect.
Pignatelli has homes in New York, Beverly Hills, and Milan and is currently investing in advanced technologies in the Semiconductor and Medical fields.
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